Terri-Ann has over 17 years of experience in research, policy and programme formulation in international development, regionalism and youth participation in labor markets, justice systems and governance processes. She has worked in project managerment and political advisory roles with the Governments of Canada and Jamaica. She has also served as a youth empowerment expert and advisor to the CARICOM Secretariat, Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC), the Commonwealth Secretariat at the United Nations, including as a facilitator of youth social audit processes. Most recently, she was appointed by the UN Secretary-General to an Advisory Group of Experts for the Security Council-mandated Progress Study on Youth Peace and Security.
As an activist researcher, she is interested in practical ways to support people’s participation in the politics of development, through democratic governance processes. She explores those interests in her writing and teaching in Development Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Jamaica.
Terri-Ann holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Sheffield, an MSc in Development Planning (Distinction) from the University College London and a BSc (First Class Honours) in International Relations from the University of the West Indies.